Maybe you’ve been in this place recently too…
We “discovered” our child made a very poor decision; didn’t play out the full scenario on where this choice might lead. The steamy anger and frustrated words I wanted to hurl kept rolling around my mind; a tsunami waiting to hit shore.
It was while in this frame of mind I read:
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”
–Galatians 6:1 (NIV)
Gently? Really, Lord? I feel anything but gentle right now! Nor do I feel like this action deserves me being gentle!
As I contemplated how I felt, I thought of the memories I would be creating based on the way I reacted.
My child would always remember the way I responded. This was my opportunity to demonstrate the mercy and compassion of Christ. My other option: give way to my anger, creating a memory of my perceived justice being delivered at whatever cost.
My husband and I chose to gently restore our child that day. Forgiving with another opportunity to win our trust.
I hope we made the right decision. Time will tell.
I know in my life, Jesus has over and over again gently restored me. I’ll leave this restoration with Him. He is the perfect father to my imperfect kids just as He is the perfect father to me.